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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ambode Replies Lekki Gardens: Submit Yourselves To Police; So Far 35 Dead

Following the statement they released, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has "strongly advised" all directors of the Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited to submit themselves to the Commissioner of Police within the next 24 hours or face immediate arrest.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the governor had also directed the suspension of work at the Lekki Gardens construction following the building collapse.

Based on preliminary reports and investigation, it was discovered that the collapsed building was served contravention notice for exceeding the approved floors and thereafter sealed by the Lagos State Building Control Agency, but the ignored and continued the work.

Mr. Ayorinde said it had also been discovered that in a brazen act of defiance and impunity, the owners of the building, Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, the promoters of Lekki Gardens, had unsealed the property.

They continued building beyond the approved floors until the unfortunate incident led to loss of lives.

He said the government also directed that further integrity tests be carried out on every other construction project which had or is currently being handled by the company in the interest of public safety.

He said the governor had ordered the Police to cordon off the site as it was a crime scene.

Ayorinde added that the government would no longer tolerate the actions of unscrupulous owners and builders who challenge its supervisory control, thereby endangering the lives of people.

“It will no longer be business as usual. Any developer, either on existing or new building projects, who fails to comply with building and construction regulations or attempts to subvert the law, will henceforth face criminal prosecution,” Governor Ambode said.

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